Otto's Trunk by Sandy Turner
(New York Times Best Illustrated Books (Awards))

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Poor Otto. All he wants to do is fit in with the rest of the elephants in the school yard, but all the herd wants to do is make fun of his trunk. And try as he may, Otto can't find any way to improve his appearance. It seems as though he'll be picked on forever. That is, until one Friday morning, when everything changes. . . .

This inspired picture book from acclaimed author and artist Sandy Turner brings a distinctive wit and charm to a classic concept. otto's trunk is a story for everyone who feels like they don't fit in, and about finding the sometimes hidden qualities that make each of us -- even the elephants -- unique and special.

 

About Sandy Turner

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Sandy Turner has both a cool cat and a hot dog. His books include "Silent Night, " which won the BolognaRagazzi Award at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in 2002, and "Otto's Trunk, " a "New York Times Book Review" Best Illustrated Book. He also does bits of art for the "New Yorker" and other glossy magazines under the name David Hughes. He lives in Cheshire, England.
 
Published August 1, 2003 by Joanna Cotler. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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This startling exhalation "hissed, hogged, mooed, and cock-a-doodle-dooed," and Otto's classmates, in an immediate, unbelievable reversal, begin praising his talent for animal noises.

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